Search Results: "Alice Walker"


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THE WAY FORWARD IS WITH A BROKEN HEART by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 9, 2000

"Many voices are heard here, and whether they preach or praise, coo or condemn, they all come from one heart."
Using the accretion method that has become her trademark, Walker (By the Light of My Father's Smile, 1998, etc.) here offers a many-voiced, often lyrical story—but in discrete, oddly shaped lumps—of her first marriage and subsequent awakenings over the course of a lifetime of relationships. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"Life-affirmative and eccentrically inspirational."
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of imparts life lessons and sage wisdom through the care and feeding of a delightful flock of chickens. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1983

"Thoughtful, intelligent, resonant musings."
For poet and novelist Walker (The Color Purple), racism is like the "creeping kudzu vine that swallows whole forests and abandoned houses; if you don't keep pulling up the roots it will grow back faster than you can destroy it." Read full book review >

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POSSESSING THE SECRET OF JOY by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 30, 1992

"Female circumcision is a terrible travesty, but neither it nor Walker's talent is well served by this overwrought novel."
Here and there tantalizing remnants of the writing that made The Color Purple such a critical success, but for the most part Walker's latest is held hostage to an agenda—the eradication of female circumcision in Africa and the Middle East—a cause to which she will be contributing a portion of the royalties. Read full book review >

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TO HELL WITH DYING by Alice Walker
FICTION
Released: April 1, 1988

"A Fine story of deep feeling."
In a short story produced as a picture book, a well-known novelist (The Color Purple) depicts the loving relationship between Mr. Sweet, "a diabetic and an alcoholic and a guitar player," and the girl who narrates the story. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1979

"Indeed it is—and fittingly presented at last."
Zora Neale Hurston, who left her Florida home at 14 to become a maid, became instead part of the Harlem Renaissance and one of America's most prolific black women writers during her 30-year career as novelist, journalist, and folklorist (Franz Boas-trained). Read full book review >

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BY THE LIGHT OF MY FATHER'S SMILE by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"An uncomfortable mix of visionary fable and screed."
Another idiosyncratic novel from Walker (Possessing the Secret of Joy, 1992, etc.), moving and puzzling by turns. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 2, 2013

"Walker's 'recipe[s] for difficult times' provide a heartfelt response to a new generation's yearning for public service."
In a new collection, Walker (The Chicken Chronicles, 2012, etc.) once again shows herself to be a deep and compassionate participant in global humanitarian efforts. Read full book review >

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REVOLUTIONARY PETUNIAS by Alice Walker
Released: Jan. 24, 1972

"Brightly sensate, true to a definite, attractive mind."
Like Nikki Giovanni in her gentler moods, Alice Walker can evoke a whole realm of experience with the soft black inflections of a simple statement. Read full book review >

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IN LOVE & TROUBLE by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 1973

"But the real stuff is nice as ever."
A collection of stories about black women in love and trouble which amounts to the same thing. Read full book review >

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THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 1982

"A lovely, painful book: Walker's finest work yet."
Walker (In Love and Trouble, Meridian) has set herself the task of an epistolary novel—and she scores strongly with it. Read full book review >

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YOU CAN'T KEEP A GOOD WOMAN DOWN by Alice Walker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 29, 1981

A thin, often didactic, largely disappointing collection of stories from an enormously gifted author of short fiction (In Love & Trouble) and novels—whose storytelling powers seem wasted on the generally simple-minded material here. Read full book review >